Archive for February 2016

DEAL: Epson Workforce 3640 for $99, 500 Sheets

imageThis is my favorite ink-jet printer, and it’s on sale at Best Buy (and other places as well) for only $99.99.  It prints very fast, also scans, copies and faxes.  As a bonus, this printer hold a whole ream of paper, 500 sheets.  All the stores here in Austin (except for Cedar Park) have it in stock.  If you need a new printer, here you go.  And of course, be sure to buy some extra ink.

If you prefer having boxes delivered to your door, Amazon has it on sale for the same price.

I’m Thinking They Didn’t Have Good Backups

Illustration file picture (REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files)A hospital in Hollywood was hit by ransomware that encrypted all their systems over a week ago, and they’re still not back up.  THIS is why I say BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP!!!  Here’s the link to the article…

IRS Scam – FYI below came from my credit union…


IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scam

Posted on January 16, 2015 Security Center

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued a consumer alert regarding an IRS-impersonation telephone scam. The scam artists are calling consumers claiming to be IRS employees. The callers may know information about you and also alter the caller ID information to make it look like the IRS is actually calling. They claim taxpayers owe money to the IRS and stipulate it must be paid through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are often threatened with arrest or other consequences. In order to thwart these scam attempts, the IRS has provided five tell-tale signs of a scam call.

Five Tell-Tale Signs of an IRS-Impersonation Scam Call

A scam caller will:

  1. Accuse you of unpaid taxes without proper documentation or references.     
  2. Demand immediate payment without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and feel it is part of the scam described above, the IRS asks that you do one of the following:
  • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 800.829.1040 . An IRS employee can help you with a payment issue. Do not use a number given by the caller – it could lead directly back to the scam.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 800.366.4484 or at
  • File a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant. Choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams". If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

Be Careful Who Repairs Your iPhone 6

image“Error 53” is the issue.  If you have your phone repaired by a non “Apple Authorized” service, depending on what parts get replaced, your phone may become useless – or in geek terms “bricked”.

It has to do with the fingerprint reader and the home button.  This article in The Guardian explains it all….

Don’t be Surprised by a Windows 10 Upgrade

(This is for those of you still running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1)

The word is out that in this month’s updates, Microsoft is moving the Windows 10 upgrade from being an “optional” update to a “recommended” update.  What this means is that if you’re having your Windows updates automatically installed (as you should) then you’re going to get the upgrade automatically, which you may not be ready to do – you still have until late July to upgrade for free, so no rush.

Fortunately there is a tool you can use to stop it.  It’s called the GWX control panel.  CLICK HERE to download it.

Install the GWX Control Panel and click on the items circled below.  When you ARE ready to upgrade your computer to Windows 10, give me a call and we’ll get you done.


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